Success Coaching

Connect with your coaching cohort

If you’re an Indy Achieves Promise Scholar who receives the Frank O’Bannon Grant, in your first year at IUPUI, you’re a part of a coaching cohort.

Note: If you’re a 21st Century Scholar, connect with IUPUI's 21st Century Scholars Success Program.

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In your cohort, your dedicated student success coach works with you during your time at IUPUI to ensure you are getting the most out of your student experience.

Success coaching offers:

  • Individualized support through regular one-on-one meetings
  • Goal-setting and success strategies for your career, educational, and personal growth
  • Referrals to campus resources and IUPUI offices
  • Student engagement opportunities through campus and cohort community events
  • Financial literacy assistance for scholarships, financial aid, SAP appeals, etc.

Your Indy Achieves student success coach:

  • Receives extensive training through Inside Track at IUPUI
  • Is committed to working with you as you pursue your degree at IUPUI
  • Tailors coaching to you as an individual student

Meet the student success coaches

Alexis-Simone Calvin

Student Success Coach

(317) 274-2526



Bachelor of Arts, International Studies 2016

Biography: I was born in the sunny city of Los Angeles but raised in Indiana, so I consider myself a Hoosier. I attended Lawrence Central High School (Go Bears!) and graduated from Hope College in Holland, Michigan, with an International Studies degree. My love for cultures outside of my own has guided my career path. My experience ranges from working with students from the rural Midwest spending a semester in Chicago to expanding my knowledge of international education while working for a study abroad provider. Students and education are at the heart of my work as I am passionate about student success and student's journeys through college. Outside of work, I enjoy watching Spanish telenovelas, long walks around parks near my house, reading, traveling to new places, and sweets of almost any kind (food is my second love language).



Daniela Leyva

Student Success Coach

(317) 274-0789



Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, IUPUI, 2020

Biography: I was born in San Antonio, Texas, but raised in Indiana. I moved to Indianapolis 7 years ago from Columbus, Indiana. My family is from Durango, Mexico and my favorite food is discada. In 2020 I graduated from IUPUI with a B.S in Criminal Justice. I previously worked with English Learners (K-12) and their families for several years. I love working with students and being an advocate for diverse learners. During my free time, I love hosting game nights, true crime podcasts, playing loteria with my family, and finishing a book in one sitting.



Melissa Salerno

Student Success Coach



Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Indiana University, 2019


Biography: I'm from a small town of Danville, Indiana but I now consider Indianapolis to be "home". I studied Psychology at IU Bloomington and have a background in school-based counseling. I enjoy meeting new people and exploring new places. In my free time, I enjoy reading Harry Potter, playing Fortnite and hanging out with my cat, Gmail.